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This blog is written and maintained by the people behind the FOSE Conference & Exposition and is therefore dedicated to providing insight, information and discussion on all topics related to Government IT, as well as the latest news on exciting activities taking place at the show. We invite you to participate by commenting and re-tweeting the posts below. So, scroll down and take a minute to review our previous posts on all the can't miss activities, promotions, and education taking place this year!

FOSE 2012 in Review

We hope all of you who attended this year's FOSE, April 3-5, 2012, found your time to be enjoyable and useful. If you didn't get the chance to attend or would like to revisit your FOSE experience, check out highlights of this year's FOSE including articles, videos, photos, stories, most popular tweets and more through our Storify.

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Posted on 06/16/20130 comments

Cloud 2.0: A New Acquisition Strategy to Get the Voice of Industry in a Working On-Line, On-Demand Service Demonstration of Big Data

By Brand Niemann, Director and Senior Data Scientist, Semantic Community, and Data Blogger, AOL Government

The 2nd annual FOSE Blogger & Speaker Meetup was a lively discussion of what we thought were the biggest developments in federal IT this past year, at FOSE, and for the future.

Cloud computing and mobile government were of course, quickly mentioned, along with U.S. Chief Information Officer (CIO) Steven VanRoekel's common approach to the design of future federal architectures and Tom Koulopoulos, author of The Innovation Zone, on innovative approaches to how government can stay cutting edge and how to recognize the next big idea.

My suggestion came from our recent 13th SOA for e-Government conference where Mel Greer, Senior Fellow & Chief Strategist Cloud Computing Lockheed Martin and Cloud Standards Customer Council, Steering Committee Chair, said we are now at Cloud 2.0 with our pilot demonstration work for the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency.

Cloud 2.0 is new in three significant ways: It does not use conventional procurement, it does not require the purchase and maintenance of infrastructure, and it produces results quickly and at low cost.

All of these things were demonstrated recently by Mel Greer and Brand Niemann, Director and Senior Enterprise Architect – Data Scientist, Semantic Community, at the 13th SOA for e-Government Conference at MITRE in McLean, Virginia, and are available at their knowledgebase.

Briefly, NGA is using a CRADA to get the Voice of Industry to produce on-line-on-demand geospatial services to support global disaster response in three quick spirals over the next 18 months with the first spiral available to see now in the knowledgebase mentioned above.

I went on to respond to a series of excellent questions from my fellow bloggers as follows:

Who do I think are the biggest IT change agents in the government?

NGA Director Leticia Long and CIA CTO Gus Hunt for their leadership in the CRADA I mentioned above and Big Data for the IC, respectively. I have written Semantic Community and AOL government stories about both of them.

What do I think about and the open government data initiative?

I have a long history of experience with, I was asked to design it, I was asked to build it at EPA, I was asked to work for it on detail, and very recently, I was asked to suggest and show what could be done to build a community of data scientists around it.

My three suggestions at the recent Developer Community meeting were:

  • Add a data scientist to the team to lead a community of data scientists from the agencies and non-government organizations in a new community.

  • Ensure that the new platform supports the sitemap and schema protocols with well-defined URLs for content, faceted search, and big data in memory.

  • Encourage the new developer community to build their own sites to become both publishers and consumers of data to support the new data scientist community above.

I then was asked to actually demonstrate these three recommendations to the (and W3C eGov) communities soon and I have done that for the National Science Foundation by playing the role of a data scientist from NSF, use a platform that supports the things above, and build an app that provides semantic search for NSF abstracts that allows decision makers to identify future scientific research needs. This work is available in a knowledgebase.

In summary, I would submit that Cloud 2.0 is the thing to be aware of and watch because it is the very practical, realistic application of cloud, mobile, innovation, common architecture for big data, and streamlined, low-cost acquisition in this tight budget environment.

Brand Niemann, former Senior Enterprise Architect and Data Scientist with the US EPA, completed 30 years of federal service in 2010. Since then he has worked as a data scientist for a number of organizations, produced data science products for a large number of data sets, and published data stories for Federal Computer Week, Semantic Community and AOL Government.

Posted on 06/16/20130 comments

The Future of the Relationship Between Technology and Organizations

April 5, 2012 The final day at FOSE, held in Washington, D.C., highlighted changes and strategies organizations are using from new forms of technology providing more efficient and less costly ways of doing business.

The morning opened with a keynote address by Women Leaders in Technology, Linda Brooks-Rix, President and Co-CEO of Avue Technologies; Judith Marks, President & Chief Executive Officer of Siemens Government Technologies; Dawn Meyerriecks, Assistant Director of National Intelligence for Acquisition, Technology, and Facilities at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence; Lisa Schlosser, Deputy Associate Administrator, Office of E-Government and Information Technology at theOffice of Management and Budget; Susan Swart, Chief Information Officer at the Department of State. This influential group of women focused on technology and its affect on their organizations, discussing how the latest advances in technology create security challenges, commoditization of IT Data Centers, centralization of existing services and the implementation of cloud and virtualization services. Teleworking was also a hot topic of discussion, where Judith Marks noted her organization’s commitment to this important federal initiative (the Telework Enhancement Act) by implementing a variety of solutions for employees, reducing its real estate by 25%.

Late morning and afternoon educationalsessions included a standing room only, Cyber Attack Demo where top cyber analysts from Mischel Kwon and Associates and the Government Computer New Lab Director, John Breeden, II performed live attack identification of the latest intrusions. TheTechnology to Make Telework and Hoteling Succeed, given by Thomas Houlihan of AgilQuest, introduced strategies and tools for implementing telework and hoteling programs across entire organizations at a rapid pace. According to Houlihan, the cost of one workspace (excluding computers, phones, etc.) averages approximately $12,000 per year, or $48 per day.

A large crowd gathered at 1PM for the drawing of a 64 MB BlackBerry PlayBookPackage and other prizes, in which attendees had participated in a Passport Giveaway to be entered into the drawing. As evidenced at the GovEvents booth, the Passport Giveaway’s popularitygrew quickly throughout the three-day event. As 1PM drew closer on day three, participants hurried to complete their Passport Map. Congratulations to winners Vineet Mehta and Kimberly Kaestner!

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Posted on 06/16/20130 comments

Day 2 of FOSE Wraps Up

By Kellep Charles,

The second day of FOSE started with a keynote address by Senator George J. Mitchell, former U.S. Special Envoy for Middle East Peace under the Obama Administration. He discussed how advances in technology have changed the environment of conflict resolution.

The Senator’s keynote followed two interesting and important topics within the “Insider Threat” issue. The first panel, “Insider Threat – The New Presidential Directive” consisted of moderator Gordon Snow from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Deanna Caputo of MITRE and John Swift at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

They discussed how industry has changed since an Army staffer leaked thousands of diplomatic cables to Wikileaks and how it lead to President Obama issuing an executive order aimed at better securing data stored by government agencies, as well as the initiative that every agency will consist of an Insider Threat Program Management Office (PMO).

In conjunction, a technical approach to detecting insider threat was also being discussed by another panel that consisted of Dawn Cappelli of Carnegie Mellon and Jay Boggs of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. Ms. Cappelli stated, “Most people steal the information they are working on.” Meaning programmers steal their code, scientists steal their research and business managers steal their business plan. In addition, employees take most data within 30 days of presenting a resignation letter to their employer. Using that information can help security officers investigate with the use of logs and other tools to determine if any violations occurred.

The panel also discussed, many traditional security controls are not the answer to detect insider threat. Knowing your people and extensive data mining is how you will find the needle is a BIG haystack.

On the exhibition floor, I also spoke to a number of vendors in the mobile device space. It seems some vendors are using mobile devices to enhance security (such as Thycotic for password management), while others are creating tools targeted in collecting key information from mobile devices (such as in Logicube’s cellxtract, designed specifically for forensic investigation of mobile devices). Then you have baiMobile which offers two interesting solutions in the mobile space, one pertaining to a smart card (CAC) reader that works with mobile devices and the other pertaining to a secure Bluetooth device that enforces all of the necessary settings to impede
eavesdropping and other security risks when using a Bluetooth headset.

In all, the vendors were extremely open to discussing not only their current product feature, but also share some short term offering that will be available in the near future. Day 2 at FOSE was great, looking forward to day three.

Posted on 06/16/20130 comments

You're Invited to the NEW Government Information and Analytics Summit!

Since you enjoyed FOSE, I wanted to make sure you knew about the NEW Government Information and Analytics Summit. For the first time ever, all the critical disciplines that underpin analytics: big data, business intelligence, knowledge management, records and information management and information sharing will converge at the new Government Information and Analytics Summit, November 28-29.

The Government Information and Analytics Summit brings together thought leaders in information management from both government and industry that will present the new toolkit and case studies demonstrating the applications in Federal settings, as well as the management and policy frameworks required for their success.

It will surely be a ground breaking event and I urge you to take advantage of the early bird rate ($200 in savings!). Register Today!


All the best,
Ramon C. Barquin Ph.D, Program Chair
President, Barquin International

Posted on 08/22/20120 comments

Exclusive highlights from FOSE!

Couldnt make it to FOSE this year or need a quick recap on some of FOSE’s hard hitting keynote sessions? Catch exclusive, in depth footage of FOSE keynote sessions, exhibit hall highlights and insightful interviews with top decision makers, right from the convenience of your desktop. See what you missed and share it with your colleagues!

Hear US CIO VanRoekel Weigh in on The 21st Century Digital Government

Get insider insights from Senator George J. Mitchell on Turmoil in the Middle East

Learn about how technology can be used to empower the new fighter warrior from Navy Seal Legend, Eric Olson

To view more of of these can't miss sessions online click here 

Posted on 04/18/20120 comments

Senator George Mitchell Thanks Our Troops


After kicking off the second day of FOSE with a rousing keynote speech,Senator George Mitchell took time to thank our troops for their service.

He also reminded viewers of the Operation Gratitude cell phone donationprogram taking place in the FOSE exhibit hall.

Remember, you can drop off your unused cell phones until 2 p.m., Thursday,April 5, to the 1105 Media booth in the FOSE exhibit hall at booth #200A. All phones collected will be recycled to benefit Operation Gratitude and helpthem send care packages to deployed U.S.troops.

Posted on 04/04/20120 comments

FOSE 2012: Day One

By Ryan Kamauff,

FOSE 2012 started off strong with the federal CIO, Steven VanRoekel, as the morning keynote. His eye-opening speech delivered some strong facts on what’s happening in government right now, and the huge movements he is leading toward creating a more technologically friendly and savvy government. Mr VanRoekel is partnering with private sector and public sector to provide citizen engagement at a high level.

His goal is to build a 21st century digital government, while innovating with increasingly fewer dollars. While the budget of $80B might sound huge, it is ever shrinking against the requirements. Mr VanRoekel is working to meet the mobile expectations of both citizens and employees, providing services “anytime, anywhere and on any device.” He is trying to institute a culture of innovation and “leanness” to the federal IT workers, which should pay off in increased attention to ROI and metrics.

After Mr VanRoekel’s speech, I checked out a few of the Mobile Government sessions. These sessions illustrated the pains which the federal government is taking to adopt mobile solutions, and the foresight they are applying to solutions. They are challenged to always protect information (especially at the VA and the FERC). Providing pervasive WiFi requires creative solutions in the old buildings, especially while trying to minimize costs and maximize capabilities.

Juxtaposing both the GSA and the VA against the FERC, it was evident how mobile solutions for government are not “one size fits all,” but strategies must be tailor fit to agencies. Virtualization and capsuling data can provide strong security capabilities to non-secure devices.

Representatives from Utah, the FAA and the VA further explored (and explained) use of mobile in the government. The CIO from the state of Utah, Stephen Fletcher, sees himself as the tip of the sword in delivering federal guarantees to local citizenry. Utah has over 1000 forms available to be filled out entirely online (which he believes leads the nation).

The FAA already has 1100 iPads in the wild. They are on 72 projects which have proved ROI improvements (including one in which they save the FAA $100K a use case in lawsuits). The FAA has a rigorous testing bed new iPad programs, and will take them away if the programs do not show real results.

The VA is using mobile to pull services to their consumers on the streets. Instead of merely collecting data, VA case workers can book appointments and provide instant aid to veterans. They use iPads as mere viewing devices (and say that any other device could fit). The VA also sponsors a case-competition for new capabilities, that allows employees to pitch new ideas.

One final thought for mobile and government – the iPad has almost won by default, by virtue of being the first to market and the most common tablet. Currently, government is finding themselves re-writing current apps into HTML5 to meet the demand of all users (not just those on one platform). This translation process will continue in the future as more funds are allocated to mobile programs; however, any new applications should be written in HTML5 from the start.

Thomas Koulopoulous’ lunch keynote was a great discussion of how innovation will drive our use of cloud capabilities. He sees connections as the main driver for innovation in the past 200 years, and it is about to be furthered by the billions of machine to machine connections we are creating now. Mr Koulopoulous believes that cloud to be the next generation of intelligence, and that its future is far removed from the internet of today.

He sees the new work force as working together as a cohesive unit in the cloud, without any nation of origin (but rather “internet born”). He believes most value will be created online, and might not leave that space.

Posted on 04/03/20120 comments

Share Your #SeenatFOSE and #seenatGovSec Photos!

Last year, FOSE 2011 attendees took some great photos of what they saw at FOSE. This year, we want you to tell us what you’ve #seenatFOSE and #seenatGovSec by tweeting your photos, posting them on Flickr and pinning them on Pinterest!

Share your FOSE and GovSec photos all this week on Twitter, Flickr and Pinterest and tag them with #seenatFOSE or #seen atGovSec. We’ll be sharing your photos through daily updates to our FOSE Storify and GovSec Storify boards!

Looking forward to seeing what you’ve #seenatFOSE and #seenatGovSec this week!

Posted on 04/03/20120 comments

FOSE & GovSec Attendees: Get a Special Discount from Dunkin’ Donuts!

FOSE and GovSec run on Dunkin’, and Dunkin’ Donuts has a special offer just for FOSE and GovSec attendees! Show your FOSE or GovSec attendee badge between April 3rd and April 5th for a 10% discount off your full purchase at one of these 4 DC-area Dunkin’ Donuts locations:

1. GW Ivory Tower (Map of location)

2. Verizon Center (Map of location)

3. 14th St. NW and Girard St. NW (Map of location)

4. Eastern Market (Map of location)

See you soon at FOSE and GovSec 2012!

Posted on 04/02/20120 comments

Fill Us in and We'll Fill You Up!

You could be a winner a full tank of gas - compliments of FOSE! Tell us your top FOSE takeaway; it could be about the most exciting session, new product, exhibiting company – the sky is the limit!. Here’s how you can be our next winner:

Step1: Start Your Engines..
Email the following to and you’ll automatically be entered to win a full tank of gas!:
   - First name
   - Last name 
   - FOSE Takeaway(s)

Step2: Watch the Clock…
Make sure to submit your entry no later than 3:00PM each day.

Step3: Collect Your Trophy…
Keep your ears open and eyes peeled because we’ll be announcing the winner everyday at 3:30PM on social media and the FOSE blog! Winners will receive a follow up confirmation email.

Step4:Play Fair…
In order to receive automatic entry into “Fill Us in and We’ll Fill You Up” you must provide your: first name, last name and FOSE takeaway; failure to do so will result in disqualifying incomplete submissions.

Participants must submit entries to by 3:00pm on Tuesday 4/3, Wednesday 4/4 and Thursday 4/5. Any submissions received after 3:00pm on 4/3 - 4/5 will not be taken into consideration.

Posted on 03/30/20120 comments

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